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Solar Charged Roads May Eliminate Snow Buildup

Solar Charged Roads May Eliminate Snow Buildup

An ambitious solar heating project may keep roads perpetually free from thick snow.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon

Rajib Mallick, associate professor of environmental engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute proposes a potential way of keeping roads and major thoroughfares free from snow by embedding them with pipes filled with freeze-resistant fluids, which that be heated by the sun and stored in an insulated chamber. The concept is estimated to cost about $12,500 for every 164 feet of pipe and should be able to recoup its costs after six months.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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